First let’s intro the awesome ladies that participated in the Women Who Kick Ass panel in Hall H:
Hayley Atwell, Agent Cater
Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Jenna Coleman, Doctor Who
Kathy Bates, everything
Gal Gadot: Trying on the WW costume was like an out of body experience. I’m very grateful to be the one to bring her to life. Didn’t know that I was actually auditioning for WW. Got the role blind and Zack Snyder called her to ask her to camera test and said “Do you have Wonder Woman in Israel?” and my jaw just dropped.
Hayley Atwell: I wanted to show moments of isolation and doubt since that makes her so human. Carter didn’t get much time on screen in CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, so the show had the opportunity to dive in to her as a fully realized character.
In the battle of TV vs. movies, the writing is just so rewarding on TV because you have more time to explore the characters.
Jenna Coleman: it’s so fun playing 3 different versions of the same character on Doctor Who. You see how she could have grown up different. As for a woman Doctor? There isn’t currently a vacancy, since Capaldi is great, but it’s absolutely possible. I’m sure it’ll be great once it does happen
Have you experienced any challenges that your male counterparts haven’t?
Gwen: even just 10 years ago the world was a less accepting place. Because of the internet showing a frame of reference, now were able to see characters we can relate to or characters that wouldn’t have been on screen before.
Gal: it doesn’t matter where you come from as long as you dream and aim high. All the cliches are right if you work hard for it. I’ve been working for 8 years and it doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a combo of hard work, preparation, and a bit of luck.
What is the most challenging stunt you’ve done yourself?
kathy: wrestling James Caan was the toughest thing I had to do, especially getting my head slammed into the floor.
Hayley: there’s a fight scene in a diner on episode 5. I’m in the full costume with stockings and pencil skirt. I learn it kind of like a dance routine but then th director fave me the note of “darling, you’re not in a club.” Then after that I just couldn’t get Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” out of my head.
Gwen: the fight with The Hound. We trained for 2 months, 8 hour days, to make it seem like we were in equal strength. We learned it in a flat level tent and then get to the location and I’m running backwards on a hill. In the fight, I punch him in an intimate place and didn’t actually do it in any of the rehearsals. Then just before we film it, the director comes to me and says “do it for real.” So what you see in the show is my fist making contact with…his undercarriage.